Michael Douglas to Star as Sex Addict in Solitary Man
by Kevin Powers
September 17, 2008
Having a 63-year old Michael Douglas play a sex addict isn't exactly what I'd call appetizing. Although, I love the guy in just about anything so I'm willing to give the co-directed (by Brian Koppelman and David Levien) film titled Solitary Man a chance. According to Variety, Douglas plays a character who's a "former owner of a car dealership chain whose career and marriage were destroyed by his business and romantic indiscretions." I suspect Susan Sarandon will play Douglas' wife, who is in talks to co-star, along with War of the Roses pal Danny DeVito and "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer. Douglas as a satyriasis car salesman? This already sounds like a great movie and it hasn't even start shooting!
Koppleman, who wrote the script for Solitary, and Levien previously co-directed Knockaround Guys starring Vin Diesel, which I found to be a pretty dark and enjoyable ride. I don't see Solitary going in as much of a physical direction as that 2002 film, but I suspect Douglas will lead a pretty amoral, fun and obscure story. DeVito and Sarandon are also pretty reliable additions to any film, although I'm not speaking for DeVito's time on "Sunny In Philadelphia" or Sarandon's Speed Racer performance. Of note, Paul Schiff and Steven Soderbergh are producing Solitary, while Koppleman and Levien wrote Soderbergh's next movie The Girlfriend Experience. Production for Solitary begins in November in New York.